Month: June, 2012

Breakfast and Interview with Architectural Digest

Yesterday I got an email from the amazing marketing editor Courtney Peterson at Architectural Digest with this line: “I have some great news—we would love to do an online feature on Laserow Antiques on the new AD.com.”  And yes, that is great news. So this morning we had breakfast and talked about Laserow Antiques in our 19th Century vintage leather chairs. Courtney had really gotten the philosophy of Laserow Antiques: To make antiques accessible to a younger generation and its furniture to be used! It was such a pleasure to have her and Im really looking forward to read her article!

My Week In Instagram

Installation in Greenwich, CT

View from clients house

Visit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Updated 1st Dibs booth

From Order To Delivery

Most of our clients are interior designers, very talented and extremely good at what they do. Sofie Hedlund at DANIEL ROMUALDEZ ARCHITECTS is one of them. We started working together on a project located in Greenwich, Connecticut end of last year. The house was build 1926 and was renovated ca 1,5 years ago. During the renovation all the original details were kept and it came out breath taking. Sofie was brought in on the later part of the project by her client to give the house the final touch and tie the design together. The client, who has a great interest and love for Swedish antiques, wanted to find a cabinet for her linens, a pair of buffets for her dining room and a large chandelier to hang over her dining room table. Together with Sofie we found a beautiful early 19th Century cabinet with glass doors and a large venetian, all glass, chandelier. A pair of Gustavian buffets in the size needed are very rare so we decided to go with reproductions painted in an antiqued finish.

Yesterday I went out to the clients house to make sure it all went well. Transporting a venetian chandelier across the Atlantic Ocean in a bit nerve wracking, BUT! It all went well and the pieces really tied the existing interior design together – A great mix of Old and New!

Plan Ahead: September 2013

I have previously written about Artisan, the restaurant we designed out in Southport Connecticut about a year ago. The restaurant has now been chosen together with my Tribeca apartment to be in a book about Scnadinavian design. The authors of the book is Edie Van Breems and Rhonda Eleish who have produced two beautiful and respected coffee table books before: Swedish Interiors and Swedish Country Interiors (see below) both with amazing reviews from The New York Times. This book will focus on HOW to decorate with a Scandinavian touch. An interview with me about how Laserow Antiques & Interior Design as an interior designer with a Swedish origin thinks when designing will also be included in the chapter. We did the shoot at Artisan back in May and will on June 29th do the apartment shoot. We are of course super honored!

Swedish Interiors is the first book to share the history, progression, and key elements of Swedish style and how to use it in many different styles of homes. From the white- and blue-hued images of the familiar Gustavian style to the gold accents and luxurious patterns found in the Swedish Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier periods, the secret to Swedish design is in having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple aesthetic.

Swedish Country Interiors delves deeper into their love of Swedish country design, showcasing fifteen homes acroos America that have a wide spectrum of interpretations of Swedish country style.

The book will be published next year in September.

New Items In!

Today and actually this moment we are receiving one of the best shipments we have gotten in in a very long time. A beautiful pair of desk chairs from early 19th Century, all glass Rococo chandelier and a simply amazing game table with a backgammon interior,  are just a few items!! Im super excited!!

My Week In Instagram

Coffee Truck

Showroom flowers

Wednesday pumps

Postcard from mom and dad

French gilt bronze mantle clock

SHABBAT SHALOM

Have a lovely weekend!

The Toughest Project of Them All-Update Dining Area

Swedish 19th century rustic farmers table together with Eames fiberglass side chair and a pair of French early 19th century candelabras

Dining chairs: The shell chairs were first available in the spring of 1950. The first runs of the chairs were produced in only three colors; griege, elephant-hide gray, and parchment—all of which had interesting translucent qualities. The chairs were distributed by Herman Miller and were available in their product line until 1983. Subsequently in 2003, Herman Miller introduced a modified version of the chair made of polypropylene.

Candelabras: A pair of candelabras from France with holders for six candles, made during the early 19th C  in gilt bronze and dark patinated bronze.

Ormolu is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. The mercury is driven off in a kiln and leaving behind a gold-colored veneer. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré; in English, it is known as “gilt bronze”.The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

Due to exposure to the harmful mercury fumes, most gilders did not survive beyond 40 years of age. After around 1830 no true ormolu was produced in France because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Other techniques were then used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique.

Q and A: Karin Laserow

I thought Id let you get to know my mother a little bit more. The force behind and founder of Laserow Antiques.

1. Tell a little bit about yourself: Where do you live, What do you work with..?

I Live in the Swedish country side, a 40 minutes drive from Malmoe, where Im neighbor with the open fields of Skane. I love my work where I get to deal with objects with a great history. I believe an antique is a piece of culture that truly can enhance the quality of once life. I get stimulated to explore, do research but first and fore most to give the antiques a place in an every day life.

2. How come you started working with antiques?

Well, its not that complicated. I always had a big passion for history and antiques and have been a collector for many years. When I met my husband and life partner, Kaj, he had an antique shop in the heart of Malmoe. I pretty quickly took over the responsibility and developed it  from a small little shop to a company with a branch in New York. Not bad right?

3. You have been working with antiques for 35 years – What keeps you motivated?

My motivation lies within my curiosity to find new amazing things. You never stop to come across antiques that will challenge your knowledge and make you discover new things. The thought of passing it on to the next generation is a also a huge drive. Working together with my daughter turns the ambition into reality!

4. Do you have a favorite period?     

My absolute favorite period is Baroque. I would call it the period of the periods. It was during that time the base for the Swedish furniture history was laid out. The power and force in the carvings, the deep strong colors and the shape are extremely appealing to me.

5 . Describe you favorite kind of antique

My favorite piece of furniture is constantly changing but today I would say this chest of drawers from the early part of the Rococo period in a perfect original condition. Clean flowing lines, veneer in light wood and decorated with beautiful ornate hardware in gilded bronze. It also has a leaf for writing, practical and beautiful at the same time!

6. The most beautiful interior?

My favorite interior design is actually my own in our large farm in the countryside. I have my favorite pieces that I have carefully selected and chosen to keep over the years. I got to plan the house when we gut renovated it so its well planned with a large kitchen for cooking en suite to our dining room where we love to entertain guests. The floor plan is fairly simple but a detail I love is that you can stand in the kitchen and see all they way through 5 rooms thanks to the placement of the doorways.

7. Your most interesting clients?    

The most interesting with our clients is that they are all very different but with a great intrerest for antiques as a common factor. When you have that in combination with their confidence in you as an antique dealer its the best relationship. When I sell antiques to my clients I know they have found a new great home.

8. Your tip on how to buy antiques?

Use these three lead words: style, knowledge and budget. Always buy an antique with your heart and according to what YOU like. Guidance to a great buy is to buy quality pieces. If you are buying for your home, figure out where you are going to place it and what your budget is. Never be afraid to mix old and new – Thats the key to the best style!!

9. Is knowledge important when buying antiques?       

Knowledge is important to have if you are exploring the field on your own but if you buy in a well known antique shop you should be able to trust the antique dealer selling you the piece. If you are after to make an investment I would recommend to ask an expert on the subject.

10.  Favorite museum?

A place called “Kulturen”, I guess you could translate it into “The home for culture”. Its a neighborhood in, Lund, a university city located in the southern part of Sweden, with ancient houses with their original interiors in their authentic environment. Its like time stood still. Very facinating and interesting.

11. Favorite music?

The music made for the Swedish Castle Drottningholm by Johan Hemlich Roman. In the morning and for dinners I love Nat King Cole.

12. Whan cant you live without? 

I could live without everything except for my beloved family including our dog Charlie (a balck standard sized poodle) and our friends. Materialistic things can be replaced but if there was a fire I would probably grab my 18th Century French candelabras in gilded and dark patinated bronze on my way out. They are STUNNIG and have been lighten many many times on our dining table as well as on the bathtub.

Acne In New York

The Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios is opening their New York flagship on Friday but the preview is tomorrow evening so I will put my ink blue denims on and team up with my fellow Swedes. Have heard from insiders that the windows will be decorated with large Renaissance paintings. Old is New!